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    TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    I really need one, as I want to take my kids on vacation and I get lost at the first exit going out my town . I want to get something very easy to use, and something that will get me to the ocean with out confusing the heck out of me. If you have one, please tell me how easy it is, and why you like yor brand. and do I ned the most expensive one? I just want something very simple to use, no dings and bells, just plain old easy to use format thanks

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    My dad rented a car a few years ago that had a GPS in it. It had the most annoying voice inside and it would really borderline fight with him. If he missed the turn or something it would start getting louder and say, "PLEASE U-turn at the next safe point."

    We still tease him about it.

    I'll have to ask what my parents have in their current car. They just bought one and they said GPS is in it. I'll get back to ya.
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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by TraceCub View Post
    My dad rented a car a few years ago that had a GPS in it. It had the most annoying voice inside and it would really borderline fight with him. If he missed the turn or something it would start getting louder and say, "PLEASE U-turn at the next safe point."

    We still tease him about it.

    I'll have to ask what my parents have in their current car. They just bought one and they said GPS is in it. I'll get back to ya.
    thank you!!! I need something to help me take a nice long trip with my kids

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    HK,

    Hi, I also would encourage you to Google search the brand, look up reviews on CNET.com, etc. You may consider getting one that has more bells and whistles then you think you need. They are easy to use, and if you can do the computer, you can use the mapping stuff, so don't sell yourself short.




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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Oh yah!!!!

    epinion.com

    That site rocks so much! It is opinions of users who submit what they think. Here is one review:

    Get the ONE and NEVER get lost... again!
    Feb 15 '07 (Updated Feb 23 '07)

    Author's Product Rating


    Pros
    Compact, light-weight, fast, and highly accurate.

    Cons
    No text-to-speech so it cannot read street names--who needs it anyways.

    The Bottom Line
    I think this ONE is one of the compact, simple, and accurate GPS navigation systems available today.

    Full ReviewIt has been almost a month since my wife bought me this TomTom ONE New Edition GPS Navigation System and I only have good things to say about this. The ONE has come in to existence because of the high demand recently for portable navigation systems. And all major manufacturers jumped on the idea and created their own versions of the cheaper and simpler and portable navigation systems. TomTom ONE is the “ONE” I liked (after reading many reviews and comparing features) the most. It is our anniversary this month and we just happened to be at Fry’s electronics and I reminded my wife how much I want one of these and somehow convinced her to give that to me as my anniversary present. I know that sound to good to be true, but it is – and there is all a catch. Yup you guess it; I have to get her something of the same price for our anniversary too. So let’s see if this TomTom ONE was worth the 400 dollars my wife spent on it. Oh yeah, we cannot forget Uncle Sam… he needs his share too (add 8.25% tax).


    FIRST IMPRESSION :
    Wells, knowing me, I opened this baby up as soon as I got to my car from the store. So without any further delay, I took it out, inserted the supplied SD (secure digital) card, plugged in the car charger and wham… it was up and running. The initial power up will ask you a few questions to setup the unit to your preferences. So it was up and running… now what? Ah, I want it to take me somewhere. So what better destination then to test it than with you home address. That is exactly what I did. I touched on the screen and chose Navigate to… then picked Home. Since it was the first time it wanted to set the Home address. Within seconds it calculated the route and starting giving me voice directions. I was impressed… it actually works right out of the box. Plus I was able to plot my very first route without any help from the manual or quick start guide.

    I later did some reading and found out that I can choose different voices, map colors, also add live traffic information and more. I took out the SD card and put it in my computer and turns out it only had 15MB of space left (it was a GB card). So I upgraded to a 2GB card and the TomTom Home software that comes in the package helped me Backup the information from the old card and Restore it in the new 2GB card. It took a while but now I have space in the card to actually add stuff. The Home software also helped me upgrade the Operating System (firmware) on this navigation system in just a few minutes. One thing I like about this navigation is that if you miss a turn or make a wrong turn, it will automatically re-calculate the route from your current position.


    THE PACKAGE :
    Here are the contents of the package:
    1. TomTom ONE - A brand new design! Slim and elegant, it fits perfectly in your car!
    2. SD Card - Containing map data.
    3. Windshield Holder - Lightweight and easy to mount, it matches your TomTom ONE design.
    4. USB Car Charger and USB cable - For in-car charging of your TomTom ONE.
    5. Installation CD - Contains the user manual, additional voices and TomTom HOME software (Windows / Mac OS X 10.3 and higher) for easy content management, desktop planning and downloads.
    6. Documentation


    INSTALLATION :
    Out of the box the only installation you have to do is to attach the suction cup to the back of the TomTom and stick the whole unit on your windshield. Then just take the charging cable and plug one end in to the cigarette lighter connector of your car and the other end in to your TomTom. The installation is done.

    I know I made the right decision purchasing the TomTom ONE because while I was in the parking lot putting this together and getting it started, I noticed that another couple who had also just bought a navigation system (non-TomTom) trying to set it up. They got in their car the same time as we did but when I was pulling out with mine all setup and navigating, they were still reading the manual and figuring out what to do. I had mine unpacked, installed, and working in less than 10 minutes.


    THE DESIGN :
    Since this is the New-Edition (version 3) of the TomTom ONE, the design is different from previous versions. Believe it or not, it is only 1 inch thick. The ONE is 3.8 inches by 3.2 inches and it only ways about 6 and a half ounces. The 3.5 inches touch screen LCD is very nice and it displays maps and text bright and clear. The speaker is located on the back of the device. The SD card is inserted on the bottom of the unit right next to the USB connector for charging it. There is only one physical button on this device which is the power button and it is located on the top of the unit.


    NAVIGATING :
    Before I go on a trip I like to save the destinations in the favorites so it will be just a fingertip away. When I get in my car, I take the ONE out of the glove compartment and mount it on the windshield. When it has powered up (usually takes about 10 to 15 seconds), I just touch the map area of the screen and choose “Navigate to…” then if the address is in my favorites I choose “Favorites” and choose the address I want. Then depending on the distance and some other factors it take anywhere from a couple of seconds to about 10 seconds to calculate the route. And you are on your way.

    Along the way if you want to grab something to eat, just touch the map again and choose “Point of Interest (POI)” and then choose “Near you” and then “Restaurants”. It will list all near restaurants new your location. Using this method you can find any point of interest near you, near your destination, along the route, etc…

    You can also plan a route ahead of time if you have multiple destinations that you want to navigate to. First let me explain how easy it is to save a destination to the favorites. Just touch the screen and choose “Settings” and touch the right arrow to go to the next page and select “Add to Favorites…” After that the interface is the same as it would be when you go to enter a city, address, or POI.

    It has Bluetooth 2.0 capability, but I haven’t been able to connect my Motorola Razr V3m nor my Blackberry 7130e to it. I think I still need some more reading to do. But they say it is only for TomTom Plus services like Traffic and Weather. It is strictly noted on TomTom’s website that the ONE does not feature hands-free calling.


    THE PERFORMANCE :
    First of all, the battery life isn’t what it should be, but it is expected since it has a very bright LCD and it is in color so it uses and needs a lot of power. A fully charged battery will last anywhere from 2 and a half to 3 and a half hours for me. It takes about an hour or so to fully charge which is good. I can charge this for an hour or so in the car while in use and play my CD’s instead of my iPod which has to be plugged in to the cigarette lighter for the FM transmitter to work and for it to charge. But I don’t mind the trade off there.

    Route calculation is very quick (only a few seconds). Recalculation is also as quick. Navigation prompts/commands are well in advance so you don’t miss anything. Startup and shut down are quick and only take about 5 seconds (roughly).


    SPCIFICATIONS :
    - High sensitivity GPS chipset
    - 32MB RAM
    - CPU 266 MHz
    - 3.5 inch full TFT color LCD touchscreen
    (320 x 240 pixels, 64,000 colors)
    - Internal Litium-Ion battery (2 hours operation)
    - 3.8” x 3.2” x 1”, 6.5 oz.
    - Operating temperature: 14F to 130F
    - Bluetooth 2.0


    FINAL THOUGHTS :
    So far I have been impressed and pleased with the performance of this TomTom ONE. I have only had one instance where it asked me to make a right turn where there was no road (there was a big wall there and a road right along side it on the other side – maybe it couldn’t tell the difference). I don’t mind that the ONE does not say street names but it give you all the information you need to get from point A to B without all the other BS and most other high-end GPS devices have. I mean, why would someone want to play your music from a “portable” navigation system? That is what you have iPods for. Anyways, I am giving this 5 out of 5 even after the slight misunderstand that one




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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Awsome review!!!! thank you so much!!

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    My pleasure, the only problem is now I want one!!! Thanks a lot, HK, you are killing my savings account!!!!!




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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Fischer View Post
    My pleasure, the only problem is now I want one!!! Thanks a lot, HK, you are killing my savings account!!!!!
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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Fischer View Post
    My pleasure, the only problem is now I want one!!! Thanks a lot, HK, you are killing my savings account!!!!!
    yeah, so does my mom, and she does not leave out town

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    We rely on maps. GPS are too expensive when you can get a great Atlas for under $10. My husband always has to have the latest and greatest gadgets and even he has never thought it would be worth it to buy.

    But I guess if you have the money, why not?
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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Fischer View Post
    My pleasure, the only problem is now I want one!!! Thanks a lot, HK, you are killing my savings account!!!!!

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Great job Fischer, now I want one.
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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

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    Re: TOM TOm GPS who has one any reviews would be welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by TinkPink View Post
    We rely on maps. GPS are too expensive when you can get a great Atlas for under $10. My husband always has to have the latest and greatest gadgets and even he has never thought it would be worth it to buy.

    But I guess if you have the money, why not?
    its good if you have someone to read you the map. and yeah I have the money.

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